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Veteran singer calls time on stage career at The Spotlight October 2016
84 year old Denis Torn has taken his final bow at The Spotlight Theatre after appearing in shows there for over half a century.
 
Denis, of Old Town, Bridlington, decided to end his amateur acting career on a high note after another successful season performing in the theatre’s sell-out summer show, DecaDance.
 
His first show with the Bridlington Amateur Operatic Society (BAODS) was Bless the Bride in 1964 when he was a tenor in the chorus.
 
But Denis has been singing since his school days when he was in the choir at St James School, Grimsby, which he attended on a choral scholarship. On leaving school, he joined the Merchant Navy and sailed with the Orient Steam Navigation Company on the Orcades and Oronsay which carried both cargo and emigrants on £10 passages to Australia. During his time at sea he was a stalwart of naval concert parties which are still called SODS (Sailors’ Operatic and Dramatic Society) Operas.
 
   Denis believes he has performed in over 20 different productions with the BAODS at various venues around Bridlington including the Spa and, since 1999, in their current home on West Street.
 
 One of the highlights he recalls was taking the role of Escamillo the toreador in the amateur version of Carmen, Passion Flower in 1968. He also enjoyed being Lieutenant Joe Cable in South Pacific in 1970 and singing the lyrical love song, Younger than Springtime.
 
More recently Denis, now a bass baritone, has appeared in the summer and Christmas shows and in last year’s production of Carousel.
 
His funniest memory was of a show a couple of years ago which featured a ‘Stars in their Eyes’ spoof. When asked by the compere ‘Who are you going to be tonight?‘ Denis fluffed his lines and replied ‘Bloody Holly’ – which raised such a laugh from the audience it was kept in the remaining performances.
 
As a parting gift to the theatre, Denis has donated a clock for the men’s dressing room. He explained why:
 
‘I’ve always believed that you shouldn’t wear anything during a performance that isn’t right for the role you’re playing and sometimes that means not even strapping on a watch – so this will remind future cast members of that when I’m not around’.
Coffee morning takes centre stage at The Spotlight   September
Is that a cake knife I see before me? Macbeth’s famous line was given a twist at the Spotlight Theatre as volunteers served up a selection of buns, muffins and cakes in aid of Macmillan nurses.
 
Their Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 30 September raised in the region of £340 with more money still to come in.
 
 The theatre team not only brewed up, they held a raffle and guided backstage tours. There was also the chance to sample the theatre’s live streaming performance and get tickets for the live streaming ‘taster’ evening being held in November.
 
At the end of the morning, close neighbours at The Old Bakehouse on West Street offered the unsold cakes to their customers in return for a donation.
 
The Spotlight’s Chairman, Mike Sheldon, was delighted with the turn out:
‘It was great to see the theatre bar full during the day and to meet audience members as well as old friends. And, of course, to raise so much for such a good cause - one that has touched the lives of many of the people who use the theatre – gives us all a great deal of satisfaction. We’d like to thank everyone who helped in any way on the day’.
 

DecaDance Noda Review - September


"Dad's Army"   Take a selfie in this mock Mr Jones' Butchers Van August

 

 

 

The van can be found in the

foyer at Spotlight - just sit in

the front and take a selfie.

 

Photo - Free Press

John our joiner made the van.
SPOTLIGHT THEATRE DRAMA - News
 31 March

JUNE 14-18 - Spotlight Theatre Drama Production


Steel Magnolias Auditions


The usual has happened so, because of difficulty of casting, I've had to change the play . We will now be doing 'Steel Magnolias' in June. I can just about cast it with the ladies I have but I would like a couple of younger ladies if possible. All the parts are fairly large so a little experience would be nice. My contact is 01262 604826 or 07587702810. The rehearsals are scheduled to start next Tuesday[April 5] but I can put it off until Friday[ April 8]

The play and film are about the bond a group of different women share in a small-town southern community, and how they cope with the death of one of their own.


Mel Jones

 

SPOTLIGHT THEATRE DRAMA - News
 12 March

JUNE 14-18 - Spotlight Theatre Drama Production

Charley's Aunt Auditions

TUESDAY 22nd MARCH
7.30pm in the Theatre.

There are 3 middle aged men
1 middle aged woman
3 young men and
3 young women

It's a fast moving farce and is very funny. Any time a man dresses up as a woman is bound to get laughs!

"I'm no ordinary woman. . ." Jack is in love with Kitty, Charley with Amy and both need Charley's Aunt to help. But when she doesn't turn up, they coerce their friend and fellow student into posing as the widowed millionaire, so they can confess their feelings to the girls. Things become more complicated when first, Jack's father and then Amy's uncle turn up. Both take a keen interest in Charley's Aunt, "from Brazil - where the nuts come from."

One of the most popular comic farces of all time, Charley's Aunt has been loved since its original performances in 1893 and the continuous four year run that followed.

 


The search is on for Annie  January
One of the most popular musicals ever is being performed by The Spotlight Theatre and new talent is needed to make it happen
 
Annie, the story of a young orphan girl’s adventures as she tries to find her real parents and true happiness, will be on stage at the volunteer-run theatre in May. But casting is underway now for the principal roles and open auditions for the parts of Annie and her friends from the Municipal Girls Orphanage will take place at the end of January.
 
Director Pauline Pope said:
‘Annie is a wonderful, heart-warming show with some memorable songs. But the number of children in the cast is a challenge. We need around 14 children in total who will be put into two teams that will perform on alternate nights.’
Pauline is keen to tap into the wealth of local performers:
‘There’s a lot of talent in Bridlington and this is someone’s chance to shine. Any youngster is welcome to try out for the show but they’ll need to put in some work beforehand. On the day they’ll be asked to sing two songs, 'The Sun will come out Tomorrow' as a solo piece and ‘You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile’ in a group. And they’ll also need to be able to speak with an American accent. Who knows, this could be the first big break for a future star’.
 
 One role that has already been cast is that of Sandy, Annie’s dog. This will be played by Alfie, a Bedlington Terrier cross owned by the director. ‘Alfie’s no newcomer to acting. He’s appeared with me on several occasions in comedy sketches. He does have a tendency to overact though … so Annie will need to keep an eye on him’.
 
 Auditions packs are available to collect at Spotlight Theatre,and auditions to find Annie will take place at The Spotlight Theatre on West Street, Bridlington on Sunday 31 January at 2.30pm.
 
The Spotlight last performed Annie in 2004 and on the last night, played to an audience of 900 at The Spa Theatre, Bridlington. The show itself has won a Tony Award on Broadway and came in at No 26 in Channel 4’s Top 100 Musicals, sandwiched between The Jungle Book and Calamity Jane.

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